Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2010
Volume 55, Number 2
Monday–Friday, March 15–19, 2010; Portland, Oregon
Session C1: Poster Session I (2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Monday, March 15, 2010
Room: Exhibit CD
Abstract ID: BAPS.2010.MAR.C1.279
Abstract: C1.00279 : Investigation of stochastic noise in the response of the external phosphate sensor in E. coli
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In E. coli, phosphate starvation activates a two-component regulatory system consisting of the transmembrane sensor protein PhoR and the cytoplasmic regulator protein PhoB. Near the activation threshold ($\sim $4 $\mu $M extra-cellular phosphate concentration) we expect significant variation across a population in the phenotypic response, which includes the formation of additional PhoR. To characterize this variation, we grew E. coli in a microfluidic chemostat and monitored production of a PhoR/yellow fluorescent protein (Venus) fusion in response to external phosphate concentration. The scale ($\sim $100 $\mu $m) and architecture of the growth chambers allowed for stable control of the extra-cellular environment and long-time maintenance of isolated, identical populations of cells. We will present the results of measurements of the phenotype variation due to the PhoR/PhoB sensor switch in populations of identical cells and compare these results to simulations of the expected stochastic noise in the response of this regulatory system. We will discuss the implications of these results on the fidelity of the phosphate sensor switch.
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